How to Make Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake

By Jess

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Sometimes all I’m craving is a moist, rich slice of chocolate cake. Then I think about how long it’ll take for me to pull together all the ingredients to actually make a chocolate cake and I get a little sad. I just want the cake to magically appear in front of me. Unfortunately, my magic powers weren’t working today and I couldn’t come up with a spell that made delicious chocolate cake appear. What I did find, however, was an extremely simple recipe that will make that cake appear in less than ten minutes.

How to Make Chocolate Mug Cake- serve with your favorite topping and enjoy :)

How to Make Chocolate Mug Cake- serve with your favorite topping and enjoy :)

This recipe is perfect for one person, which means that you won’t have an entire chocolate cake begging you to eat it for the rest of the week. Be warned though, this is so simple to make that you may just want to start making it every day.

This cake is perfect as-is but leaves room for variation. If you get bored of the plain chocolate, throw in some coconut flakes or cinnamon for a kick.

My favorite way to eat it is with a heaping spoonful of almond butter on top. Adding it while the cake is still fresh and warm melts it down and creates a dreamy flavor combination. Try it with your favorite nut butter or a scoop of paleo ice cream!

mug cake ingredients
pre-mixed ingredients

This cake comes out perfectly moist if you keep an eye on it in the microwave. I cooked mine for about a minute and 15 seconds, but I’d check yours after a minute since microwaves vary. This way you can be sure that you’re not over-cooking the cake, which will leave it dry and crusty.

This is the perfect dessert for picky kids (or friends, or husbands) when everyone can’t agree on a flavor. You can easily whip up a bunch of these, adding in variation for everyone’s specific needs. You could even switch up the type of flour or milk you use for even more variation! So the next time you’re craving a chocolate dessert, whip one of these up real fast. You won’t be disappointed.

chocolate mug cake


    • 1 heaping tbsp almond flour
    • 1 heaping tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1 tbsp almond milk (I used unsweetened vanilla)
    • ½ tbsp honey
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. It really is so delightfully simple! Mix all ingredients together in a mug and microwave for 1-1.5 minutes.
  2. Serve with your favorite nut butter or ice cream and enjoy!


Serving Size

1 mug cake




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  1. I love this recipe. I don’t know how so little almond flour can produce so much cake, but it’s a winner. I included it on my website – hope you don’t mind!

  2. YUM. Thank you, I was having intense cake cravings, and this was awesome with some dark chocolate chips and coconut cream on top. And so easy!

  3. Tried to make this with coconut flour.. Should have known better, it is so drying. My fault. I should have added an extra egg white I think, I tried adding a little more almond milk and that helped but coconut flour is so difficult sometimes.

    It tasted great though!

  4. Fabulous! If I only make one serving, I don’t have to worry about eating a whole pan of brownies! 😉

  5. I was very excited to try this recipe. I made it this evening because I was craving grain free chocolate cake. I called the directions perfectly. Using my Bob’s mill almond flour. But, it came out really awful. It tasted just like cocoa powder but very unsweetened and dry. I don’t know why?!

    • Rachel, although I made the same mistake of using coconut flour as someone else mentioned above, the nut butter I put on top helped with that. BUT as you mentions in your post, it was very bitter! I couldn’t get past that and didn’t finish it. 🙁 Maybe more honey next time?

  6. Nice treat! I had made some strawberry jam/sauce (with strawberries, honey and lemon juice). Put it on the top cuz I forgot I had it but next time, I may mix in the strawberry sauce instead of just the honey. O, also mixed in some dark chocolate chips.

  7. I made just as mentioned but it came out way too bitter… Next time I may try adding coconut sugar or even adding more honey to see if it sweetens just a bit. Overall, very easy to make.

  8. We tried this with both coconut and almond flour. And, uh, both honey and maple syrup. Bit more liquid with the coconut, and it seems to work fine: you’re looking for a cake batter consistency.
    Both daughter and husband snarfed it down; were convinced I was cheating. So a genuine win, thank you.

  9. I’m used to paleo treats, but this was just awful. Very bitter and dry. Maybe if I added (a lot) more honey it would’ve been good. Worth a try as this is really simple for late-night cravings.

  10. probably a great recipe but unfortunately i didn’t mix it properly and when i dove in to it with a spoon i had a middle full of microwaved egg whites…

  11. Amazing! Just added a little more honey to sweeten and only used egg white instead of whole egg! Perfect! Fluffy n delicious! Thanks so much!

  12. My girlfriend and I have been doing Paleo for about a month now and it has been challenging to make the change but we are enjoying the new foods. I do have an issue with this recipe and some other Ive seen on other blogs/websites and that is that you recommend microwaving your food!!! Isn’t the point of going Paleo to eat healthier and better food? Then why do something that will only harm your food by sticking it into an electronic equipment that kills nutrients? It just annoys me that people recommend still using the microwave as they preach about eating like our ancestors.

    Anyway, Im getting off my soap box and about to go cook my meal over a stove with real “fire”.

    • You know that heating any food whether microwave/oven/stove/fire ‘kills’ certain water-soluble vitamins, like folic acid, vitamin B and C. So basically vegetables – not chocolate pudding!

      It also depends on how long you cook it and on what temperature.

  13. Can you bake this in the regular oven? I do not use microwaves as there is a lot of controversy on the health hazards that come with cooking in them. Thanks!

    • Same here. I have never owned a microwave since I moved out of my parent’s house 20 years ago! I will try this in a ramekin in the oven at 350F and let you know how it turns out.

  14. I really was hoping for a paleo treat but this was awful. Inedible and I threw it out. Very bitter and flavorless. Maybe with a lot more honey. I don’t what I did wrong. Sad

  15. Fantastic. I didn’t have almond flour so 1/2 coconut flour and 1/2 crushed chia seeds. I cut cocoa to 1/2 as well as found in previous recipes too strong and bitter. The result was great. Yum!

  16. So this was my first try at a Paleo dessert, since I had all the ingredients to make it. I’m not allowed to eat honey so I made it with 2 tspns organic stevia and it worked really well, the texture was great and I enjoyed it, but the cocoa was so overpowering! I think next time I’ll try 1 tspn cocoa powder rather than 1 tbspn. Would be amazing with coconut cream on top.

  17. For those that had bitterness issues, add a tiny pinch of salt and a dash of cinnamon before you try more sweetener. Worked great for me but then again I am accustomed to less sweet chocolate!

  18. Hello,

    I tried this recipe and like many people, I found it too strong! And because I cooked it too long time into my microwave (1 mn 30″), it was chewy like rubber!

    So, after some tries, I changed the ratios: 3 tbspoon of almonds and 1 teaspoon of cocoa.

    And I cooked it only 1 mn to have a smooth cake, or even 50″ to have something half-cooked, like a french mi-cuit, a hot chocolate cake with a kind of hot chocolate custard all around. Yummy!!!

  19. Double the sweetener, add a pinch or two of salt, and top with choc chips 20 seconds before the end. Perfect.

  20. So for a textural difference I added coconut flakes and it was so good. I also tried dropping in some peppermint oil and this makes it a nice contrast just to change things up. Love this recipe!

  21. From what I can see for the ones that find it bitter – you maybe adding ‘cocoa’ which is not raw and yes it does taste more bitter, your need to get the totally organic ‘COCAO’. Is raw organic and tastes much better. I found this out on the week end when my friend made energy balls with cocoa . Same ingriedience just non organic and yes they were bitter. Hope this helps.

  22. Just tried this. Didn’t care much for my first bite but when I added organic almond butter as a frosting of sorts, much better.

  23. WOW! That was amazing. I surprised my mom with this treat and she loved it! Thank you so much, you made her day.

  24. These comments are cracking me up. Maybe the people who find it too bitter and have to “throw it right into the trash” should just go straight for the honey and skip all the rest of the ingredients… and for the ones afraid of the microwave? They should probably stay under their beds and never venture out into this toxic world. This cake was drop dead fantastic!

  25. So glad I stumbled across this recipe!!! It’s my favorite and everyone who’s tried it, loved it, paleo or not

  26. This was delicious! I was a bit skeptical at first when i stirred it all up, since there was no oil, but it turned out AMAZING!
    Also I used melted chocolate instead of cocoa powder, and skipped on the vanilla. Since I’m primal rather than paleo I mixed together a little cream cheese and melted chocolate and a bit of coconut sugar for frosting! Yum!

  27. I had this one for breakfast today: perfect to keep st bay those pre-p carbo cravings! I added a spoonful of organic butter and next time I’ll try replacing almond milk with coffee.

    Also, would it be possible to replace the honey with mashed banana?

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